Between 2015 - 2019 we recruited hundreds of Blue Light Champions. These Champions received training and support to empower them to fight for mental health in their services.
We’re not recruiting Champions anymore – but that doesn’t mean you can’t become one. If you consider yourself a champion, you are one. There’s no minimum time commitment and you don’t need personal experience of mental health problems.
Anyone who’s trying to improve mental health within their service is a champion. Whether you:
If you’re not sure about whether you can take on the role of champion, remember, there are lots of ways you can fight for mental health in your workplace. These can be big or small, and every action makes a difference. You could:
For help with how to champion mental health in your service, follow us on Twitter or sign up for our monthly newsletter. We’ll send you:
We have plenty of resources to help you support your colleagues and fight for mental health in the emergency services.
Get the conversation about mental health going in your workplace. We have a selection of posters that you can download and print out.
Let your colleagues, friends and family know that you’re championing mental health in the emergency services. Download these graphics and add them to your social media profiles.
These guides were developed between 2015 to 2019 to help Blue Light Champions in their role. We’re not recruiting Blue Light Champions formally anymore, but you may still find inspiration and ideas in these guides.
We've developed a workshop to support champions to talk about their own mental health, identify ways to support themselves and hear from other champions who have shared their experiences. The workshop is designed to be delivered to champions, and led by either a fellow champion or facilitator.
Download the materials:
Our research shows that emergency services staff and volunteers really value peer support in managing their mental health. If you’re a peer supporter, you might find these resources helpful. These were also published between 2015 to 2019.